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Revising the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive: Tapping the potential of windows

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Revising the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive: Tapping the potential of windows

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The building glass façade and window industry represented by European Aluminium, EuroWindoor, ES-SO and Glass for Europe come together to call for a modernised EPBD to unleash the energy savings potential of high performing windows.

Windows and glazed areas in buildings are essential to the overall energy performance of buildings but also to the general comfort and well-being of people living and working in these buildings. To reap these distinctive benefits of modern windows, the four associations call for a revision for the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive, in particular to ensure the energy performance of glazed areas is fairly assessed and to put in place the right mechanisms and incentives for market actors to deliver massive energy savings.

 

In the joint position paper, the signatories call on the European Commission to consider three priorities ahead of its review of the EPBD:

 

1) Increasing the renovation rate of European buildings to obtain larger energy use reductions

2) Using the energy balance approach to assess the energy performance of windows

3) Recognising the benefits of daylight, natural ventilation and solar management